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OC man dies in crash south of Madras


An early Sunday morning crash along Highway 26 south of Madras resulted in the death of an Oregon City man.

Oregon State Police and Jefferson County Fire District No. 1 personnel identified the victim as Scott Joseph Young, 50, who was crushed underneath the overturned vehicle.

On Nov. 10, at approximately 7:12 a.m., a nearby resident reported a single vehicle off the south side of the road in the 3100 block of Highway 26 about a mile from Highway 97.

Updated information indicates a 1997 Jeep Wrangler driven by Young was westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 1 when it traveled onto the right shoulder. Young over-corrected and lost control as his Jeep crossed the highway, struck a driveway culvert and went airborne over several large bushes. It rolled before coming to rest on its top with Young underneath it. He was not using safety restraints.

The vehicle was approximately 35 yards off the south side of Highway 26 and was not visible from the highway because of the high bushes it came to rest behind. It appears the vehicle was at the scene for several hours. The property owner didn't hear the crash and only saw the overturned vehicle after getting up in the morning.

OSP troopers from the Madras work site are continuing the investigation in the cause of the crash. Senior Trooper John Russo is the lead investigator.

Also assisting at the scene were the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and ODOT.